Construction Problems for Coahoma ISD Schools

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

COAHOMA - Work crews in Coahoma are running out of time to have nearly every school building ready in time for the fall, and some residents think they won't meet the deadline. Both residents and workers at Coahoma ISD said lots of trash is piling up in the meantime.

"The Construction is not up to par. It is not done correctly.  They have safety issues.  They have construction debris and trash littering our school," Danny Martin, a Coahoma resident, said.

From the insulation outside the elementary, to renovations at the junior high and high schools, many say the work to upgrade the Coahoma Schools is a good one, but this job might be too big for one summer.

"I was hoping that they would set up a schedule and work certain phases of the project to where they could work bigger projects during the summertime, school's not in session and in during school, they would have some of that," Martin said.

Construction crews said Wednesday they are working with a set plan, but they said there have been some obstacles along the way.

"Help is hard to find.  It's hard to get concrete.  Just with the refinery, windmills, it just hard to do anything," Steven Wells, with Lee George Construction, Inc. said.

Residents say obstacles are one thing, problems that could have been avoided is something else.

"We voted 13 million dollars to do this work and it is very well needed but we don't want to come back in 5 or 10 years and have to get another 10 million dollars to correct stuff that should have been done correct the first time," Martin explained.

And while work is behind right now, construction managers plan to have many of the buildings ready for the school year.

"We're gonna have punch-list items and if we have to work nights so we don't interrupt classes, we'll do that," Wells said.  "It's going to take a lot, but we'll have it ready for them."

On Wednesday, NewsWest 9 spoke with the Interim Superintendent of the Coahoma Independent School District and he said he understands that crews are behind with a lot of the work, and he plans on having school board members meet on Thursday night to discuss a lot of the work currently in progress. After the meeting they will tour a lot of the buildings currently under construction to get a better assessment.